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Lopez Jimenez, Francisco Assistant Professor

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  • Prof. Lopez Jimenez studies the mechanics of soft and slender structures, with the aim of harnessing instabilities and other nonlinear behavior. He is particularly focused in the design and characterization of new composite materials, and the analysis of deployable and lightweight structures.

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  • mechanics of soft and slender structures, instabilities and buckling, deployable structures, composite materials

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Teaching

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  • ASEN 3112 - Structures
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Teaches Mechanics of Materials methods of stress and deformation analysis applicable to the design and verification of aircraft and space structures. It offers an introduction to matrix and finite element methods for truss structures, and to mechanical vibrations.
  • ASEN 4018 - Senior Projects 1: Design Synthesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
    Focuses on the synthesis of technical knowledge, project management, design process, leadership, and communications within a team environment. Students progress through the design process beginning with requirements development, then preliminary design and culminating with critical design. Offered fall only.
  • ASEN 4028 - Senior Projects 2: Design Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Focuses on the fabrication, integration, verification and validation of designs produced in ASEN 4018. Students work within the same teams from ASEN 4018. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 4218 - Large Space Structures Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Develops the necessary structural analysis skills for conducting conceptual and preliminary designs of large space structures with a practical emphasis on structures considered by NASA over the past 20 years. Applies analysis skills to a broad range of space missions requiring large space structures, emphasizing low cost and practical design. Same as ASEN 5218.
  • ASEN 5212 - Composite Structures and Materials
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Develops the macromechanical and micromechanical theory of the elastic behavior and failure of composite laminates. Applies basic theory to a broad range of practical problems including the buckling and vibration of composite plates, columns, and shells.
  • ASEN 5218 - Large Space Structures Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Develops the necessary structural analysis skills for conducting conceptual and preliminary designs of large space structures with a practical emphasis on structures considered by NASA over the past 20 years. Applies analysis skills to a broad range of space missions requiring large space structures, emphasizing low cost and practical design. Same as ASEN 4218.
  • ASEN 6949 - Master's Candidate for Degree
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
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  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
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